See Brody run
Sunnyside boy joins cross-country running after tragic accident
“I just want to run, I like running,” Brody Holmes told his mom, Amanda DroverHolmes in September.
Amanda, who had recently returned to her hometown of Sunnyside, received a call from Brody’s school, Tricentia Academy, to see if it was okay for him to join the other kids in cross-country this year.
The call came about because eight-year-old Brody, who is originally from Shearstown, was only recently able to walk again after a very hard year and a half.
“I didn’t even think about him doing something like this last year,” Amanda told TC Media.
On April 21, 2015, Amanda, her father and Brody were in a terrible two-car accident on the Trans-Canada Highway.
Amanda’s father and the driver of the other vehicle were killed. Amanda and Brody were left badly injured.
Brody broke both of his femurs and required two metal rods in his legs. He had to use both a wheelchair and a walker to get around.
“He’s been through more for a little boy his age than any adult probably should have to go through,” said Amanda.
Both Amanda and Brody didn’t even get out of hospital until August 2015.
He went through months of physical therapy and learned to walk again after the accident.
All last year he was prohibited from participating in any school sports because of his condition.
“The doctor was trying to prevent any femur damage whatsoever,” said Amanda.
He had to give up TaeKwon-Do and couldn’t even participate in some class field trips last year, during his recovery.
Brody finished his last stint of physiotherapy a month before school this year after doctors told them the best therapy from now on is to “run around and be a kid again.”
And Brody is continuing to do just that.
The cross-country group at Tricentia Academy has already held a meet in their gym and were scheduled to visit Bishop White School in Port Rexton and Random Island Academy for running events in October.
Brody says he likes getting outside with his friends and loves animals. He joined the Earth Rangers to help save endangered species of the world.
Since his recovery in the Janeway Children’s Hospital, Brody also dedicates his time to help fundraise for the Ronald McDonald House.
“He wanted to give back to Ronald McDonald House because that was our homeaway-from-home for 50 nights while we were in the hospital,” said Amanda.
He raised $2,600 with the fundraiser. He’s doing it again this fall.
Amanda was hesitant at first when Brody said he wanted to run, being a self- professed protective single parent, but she is proud of him.
She says she tells Brody how determined he is to do what he does, but he just sees it as being a kid.
After seeing him run, Amanda says she was amazed.
“He did really good … I was in cross-country when I was a kid and that nearly killed me! But for him, he didn’t even think twice about doing it.
“To see him running, melted my heart big time.”
Amanda still feels the effects of the accident today. She has steel plates in her pelvis, legs and arm, but she says seeing Brody running makes it easier for her to cope with her struggles.
“He’s an inspiration to me.” it
To see him running, it melted my heart big time. Amanda Drover-Holmes
Brody Holmes and his mom, Amanda Drover-Holmes.
Brody running at a recent Tricentia Academy afterschool event.